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Mercenaries and the Wagner Group: What’s Old Is New Again

The Swiss Guard defends the royal family during the French Revolution in La Prise des Tuileries (10 août 1792), https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tuileries_Henri_Motte.jpg, public domain

Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit is an effective mix of old and new.

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Germany Veers toward Recession in 3Q

BMWMuseum, cc Flickr Sergei Gussev https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/,modified,

Amid trade wars and the uncertainty of Brexit, Europe’s economic engine has begun to sputter.

US-China Trade War and Iranian Oil: Market Disruptions Ahead?

President Trump visits China in 2017; Whitehouse.gov, modified, public domain

Risks are mounting on both the supply and demand side of global oil markets.

Washington Sleeps While China Makes Waves in South China Sea

White House Washington, cc Cezary P, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:White_House_Washington.JPG

The US needs to play a stabilizing role in the SCS as China seeks to impose its hegemonic control of the region and beyond.

Shock Poll Puts Austerity on Notice in Argentina

(Buenos Aires - Argentina, 06/06/2019) Presidente da República, Jair Bolsonaro durante Reunião Ampliada com o Presidente da República Argentina, Mauricio Macri. Foto: Marcos Corrêa/PR cc Palácio do Planalto, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Voters caught investors off-guard with their early rejection of Macri’s austerity policies. But will the resulting carnage in Argentine currency and equity markets change any minds?

No Way Out in Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong sit-in airport protest, cc Wpcpey, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HK_airport_sit-in_protest_20190726.jpg

Signs abound that the crisis is reaching its boiling point.

Cambodia and Other Southeast Asian Nations Shouldn’t Be Stuck with Western Trash

Garbage Dump, cc Flickr Adam Jones, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

It’s time to close the legal loopholes and stop dumping Western trash on developing countries.

Point Counterpoint: Turkey Belongs in NATO

NATO Awacs, cc Flickr NATO E-3A Component, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

NATO needs Turkey, and Turkey needs NATO.

Tweets Alone Won’t Save Idlib from Tragedy

Presidents Erdogon and Putin, cc Kremlin.ru, modified, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/58574

It will take direct and unified intervention, not tweets and condemnation, if the West is to head off a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib.

Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Landmines and Instability in Myanmar

Minefield warning sign, cc dimitrisvetsikas1969 (pixabay.com), modified.

Renewed violence and a stalling peace process are delaying the start of much-needed mine clearance in Myanmar.

Cuba’s Intelligence Masterstroke in Venezuela

cc Beatrice Murch, flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The many accomplishments of Cuban intelligence in Venezuela stand as an instructive example of how a smaller agency can punch far above its weight.

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